The Healthscope Board has announced the appointment of Gordon Ballantyne as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, as Robert Cooke steps down from the role.
Mr Ballantyne will take up his position in May, bringing his extensive experience in public and private companies to the role, including as the Group Executive of Telstra’s domestic retail business and having founded Telstra Health.
Current CEO Robert Cooke will step down after more than six years in the job but will remain available to assist Healthscope with the transition of the new leadership into 2018.
Healthscope Chairman, Paula Dwyer recognised the significant contribution Mr Cooke has made to Healthscope.
“Robert leaves the company uniquely positioned to play an important role in addressing the growing healthcare needs of all Australians. He has been instrumental in successfully securing landmark projects and establishing a pipeline of hospital expansion projects which will provide a strong platform for future growth.
“We are delighted to have secured a leader with Gordon’s ability and experience to succeed Robert. We are confident that he has the right skill set to continue to deliver on our strategic priorities, and ensure Healthscope plays a key role in easing Australia’s healthcare burden through the delivery of high quality, cost effective healthcare services.” Ms Dwyer said.
Mr Ballantyne said he is honoured to have been asked to lead Healthscope through the next stage of growth.
“This is an exciting time for Healthscope with increased hospital capacity coming on line over the next few years, and further opportunities to expand our healthcare services to best serve the communities we support.
“I am also looking forward to working with the extraordinary team at Healthscope and building on Robert’s legacy, including continuing his advocacy for transparency in quality and clinical outcomes across the healthcare industry, investing in both infrastructure and people to deliver world class healthcare outcomes for all our patients,” Mr Ballantyne said.
Mr Cooke said he feels privileged to have led Healthscope.
“Healthscope plays an important role in Australia’s healthcare eco-system. Through the services we provide, we touch the lives of thousands of patients and their families each day. I’m proud of what the management team and everyone at Healthscope has achieved since the change of ownership in 2010,” Mr Cooke said.
Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) CEO Michael Roff looked forward to welcoming Mr Ballantyne to his new role next month.
“This is an interesting time to be working in the private hospital sector, with a number of reviews and committees examining private health care.
“APHA will look forward to continuing its work with Gordon and the Healthscope team on these issues,” Mr Roff said.